By Wendy McCracken
This publication used to be written via a seriously deaf mom of a profoundly deaf son and a instructor of the deaf/educational audiologist. Their target was once to supply sensible, independent details to oldsters of listening to impaired little ones. this can be counterbalanced by way of case-studies which supply an perception into the that means of deafness to households and individuals. Deaf-ability seeks to underline the power, strength and individualism of every child.
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Extra resources for Deaf-Ability--Not Disability: A Guide for the Parents of Hearing Impaired Children
There is a considerable amount of research in this area. Tinitus is fairly common in the adult hearing impaired population; little is reported about children with tinnitus, which may merely reflect a lack of research in this area. If a child has always experienced tinnitus he will consider it to be normal and an understanding of the situation will only come later when someone explains that this is not the case. In a sensori-neural hearing loss one usually finds that high frequency sounds are most affected.
They explained she'd have to be put to sleep and have things stuck on her head I couldn't cope at all. My husband took the day off to go to the hospital. There were a lot of children being tested and they were all fine, no problems. We were last. They came out and said she was profoundly deaf I didn't hear those words. I was so shocked, I just felt ignorant. ' I felt so stupid, I didn't know anything about deafness. It was all arranged, we were given an appointment the next day, a bus route, times and so on.
He is not aware of what he has done wrong; like all children he simply wants to be accepted. 'We could not accept he was deaf, then someone showed us how he had adapted: if he could see the teacher's face he was fine' (parent of severely deaf son). Children who are deafened face a harder task but show their ability to change and get on with life: 'Justin was the one who adapted, we found it a lot harder' (Justin was deafened by meningitis); 'I don't think she knows she's deaf, she needed time to adjust to her hearing aids but now there are no problems' (parents of a girl deafened at the age of two).
Deaf-Ability--Not Disability: A Guide for the Parents of Hearing Impaired Children by Wendy McCracken